Reflection for All Saints Day

The Lectionary readings for All Saints Day and All Souls day include lovely words and images of God’s care for us and the Divine promise of eternal life: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” “God will swallow up death forever.” “Death will be no more. Mourning and crying and pain will be…

Worship Piece: All Saints

Just a little Call to Worship for All Saints day. Our opening scripture is Isaiah 25:6-9.   This morning we remember our loved ones who have died, And we remember God’s promise of eternal life. This morning we mourn the absence of many, And we celebrate God’s continuing presence. We listen for the Divine voice…

Thoughts on Revelation 21:1-6

[Below is an excerpt from a sermon I preached on All Saints’ Day a few years ago.] This vision John gives us is a beautiful vision. A necessary vision. It is a vision that Christians have clung to through persecution and war and slavery and untold numbers of personal sorrows and tragedies. “And I saw…

A Few Thoughts on All Souls Day

I had a lot of fun trick-or-treating with Grace downtown on Halloween. We were harmless aliens. Nothing scary. But there were plenty of fierce werewolves and bloody vampires and creepy ghosts wandering around. Plenty of costumes to remind me that Halloween is not really about candy; it’s about death–it’s particularly about our fear of death.…

Wednesday Worship Piece: Isaiah 25:6-9

This Sunday we are observing All Saints’ Day. This call to worship is inspired by the lectionary reading for the day from Isaiah 25:6-9. (Leader reads plain text, people read bold.) Hurricanes and floods and environmental havoc; drones and IEDs and handguns; cancer and heart disease and bodies shutting down; poverty and injustice and oppression.…